U. N. Plaza
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Architect Roche-Dinkeloo
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Location New York, New York   map
Date 1969 to 1975   timeline
Building Type government office center, skyscraper
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes Two towers. Distinct from the original United Nations Headquaters buildings.






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Discussion U. N. Plaza Commentary

"The first stage building, containing office space and a hotel on its upper floors, is a steel frame structure sheathed in green reflecting glass....

"The form of the building, which reflects both the internal functional requirements and the zoning restrictions, recognizes the height of the surrounding low buildings with a sloping setback on the north facade and a beveled corner on the south facade. The floor to floor height varies from twelve feet in the office building to nine feet in the hotel section. The top of the building contains a tennis court, the 27th floor a swimming pool and health club, while the ground floor has shops and restaurants."

— from Yukio Futagawa, ed. Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo, and Associates, 1962-1975. p192.

Sources on U. N. Plaza

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. elevation unit to whole diagram, p161. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Francesco Dal Co. Kevin Roche. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1985. ISBN 0-8478-0680-4. LC 85-43064. NA737.R57A35 1985. Eye level, color photo perspective of entire U. N. Plaza, p 35. Color photo of United Nations Plaza One and Two, p13. Color photo of United Nations Plaza One and Two, p16. site plan, p160. exploded axon, p161. site axon, p160. plan, p162.

Yukio Futagawa, ed. Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, 1962-1975. Tokyo: A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo, 1975. NA737.K46K48 1975. discussion p192.

Photos courtesy of Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates. PCD.2285.1013.1265.86.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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